SEBASTIAN VETTEL 2010 F1 WORLD CHAMPION

Race winner and 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 14 November 2010.

Race winner and 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel celebrates in parc ferme

Nov.14 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel cried into his radio under the Abu Dhabi lights on Sunday as he crossed the finish line and became F1′s youngest ever world champion.

Mega moment in the life of Sebastian Vettel during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 14, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Mega moment in the life of Sebastian Vettel

The 23-year-old German, now leading the standings for the very first time in his career, had entered the race as the underdog, behind Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in points and dogged all weekend with suggestions he should move over and let his teammate past.

But Vettel won commandingly from pole position, followed home by McLaren Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in second and third respectively.

The newly crowned Champsaid immediately afterwards, “”It has been an incredible journey with Red Bull. There have been ups and downs this season and to win the championship… it’s unbelievable. It’s been an incredible year, we’ve always kept believing in the team, and the car, and I have kept believing in myself. I’m speechless! The car was phenomenal. The start was crucial, and it was very tight with Lewis, but after that it settled down.”

Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10. Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 14 November 2010.

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso had no answer for Vitaly Petrov

Meanwhile a crucial strategy mistake triggered by an early safety car, and an unmoveable Vitaly Petrov in a Renault, left Ferrari’s Alonso stranded in seventh place.

Spaniard Alonso let his emotions spill over as he gesticulated angrily at Russian Petrov after the chequered flag, but he later congratulated the new champion and said Petrov “drove very well” in defence.

The Spaniard conceded, “This is sport – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Next year we try again. It was very good, for me especially after two years of some difficulties, coming back to winning races, fighting for the championship. I’m sure with this team it is very possible to fight for championships in the future, so I am happy.”

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6. Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 14 November 2010.

Mark Webber never looked in the hunt in Abu Dhabi

Long-time championship leader Webber, meanwhile, finished the race just eighth and the championship just third, and was emotional in his post-race interviews with the media.

The Australian was magnanimous in defeat, “Congratulations to Seb and to the team, two world championships, that’s not a bad season. There’s quite a few emotions when you just miss out. It’s a shame. I tried my absolute best, I had great guys around me, in the end it wasn’t quite enough. Yes I will be here at Red Bull next season. It didn’t go my way in the end, but that’s sport.”

14Nov2010 Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) crashes with Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India) on the first lap. Photo by Paul Velasco

Vitantonio Liuzzi drives over Michael Schumacher

Drama started early in Abu Dhabi as the field streamed through Turn 6, a number of casr going in three abreast with Michael Schumacher going wide and spinning. Facing the wrong way the German was powerless as Vitantonio Liuzzi ploughed into the stricken Mercedes GP, the Force India climbing all over the silver car with the front wheel perilously close to Schumacher’s head. When the dust settled both drivers hopped out the cars unharmed.

What followed was a crucial half dozen laps behind the pace car, at which point Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault) were among several drivers who decided to pit for rubber. This would prove decisive in Vettel’s title triumph.

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton after the race

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton after the race

At the restart Vettel got a jump on Hamilton, but the Briton kept the gap in check while Button followed in thrid ahead of Alonso and Webber, but the Australian appeared down on pace and played his hand on lap eight by pitting for fresh rubber.

The gamble backfired big time as he emerged from the pits behind Jaime Alguersuari who had stopped early on for fresh rubber.It took Webber too long to get by the Spaniard and his hopes of taking the title were virtually diffused there and then.

On lap 15 Ferrari brought in Alonso and it would be fair to assume that Ferrari saw Webber as the threat and literally took the eye off the real danger which turned out to be Vettel.

Red Bull team crew applaud Robert Kubica Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 14 November 2010.

Red Bull team crew applaud Robert Kubica

By the time the realisation sunk in and the maths was being done it was clear that Alonso had a mammoth task on his hands, as he had a feisty Petrov wanting to impress in the last race of the season and a very fast Robert Kubica who was slugging it out at the front of the field with Hamilton.

Fernando was seventh and needed to do something fast to get by the Renault’s ahead of him. Easier said than done as, although everyone was agape -again – at the very real splendour of the Yas Marina Circuit during the course of the weekend, we all forgot that the Herman Tilke creation is very overtaking unfriendly – oh yes now we remember last year. Great facility, fantastic infra-structure, no expense spared, brilliant hosts but someone forgot to make a race track that is exactly that: a track for racing!

Formula 1's latest and youngest World Champion Sebastian Vettel during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 14, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Formula 1's latest and youngest World Champion Sebastian Vettel

Ask Felipe Massa who spent the entire race behind Jaime Alguersuari and Alonso who simply could find no way past Petrov. All Alonso and Ferrari could do was watch the title be snatched by the other Red Bull driver – Vettel who refused to play the team orders game and ultimately vindicated himself.

Rosberg salvaged some joy for Mercedes GP by taking fourth place ahead of Kubica, Petrov, Alonso, Webber, Alguersuari, Massa etc etc.

All eyes were at the front as the kid with the disco ball helmet design stole the limelight, against the odds Vettel triumphed on the night and his reward the grandest prize of all – F1 World Champion.

The Queen anthem “We are the Champions” echoed throughout the paddock, emanating from the Red Bull garage where the party was only just getting started as the new King of F1 celebrated with his troops and with Prince playing at Ferrari World – a royal night is in store in Abu Dhabi.

14 November 2010 – Abu Dhabi GP Result

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time Grid Pts
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 55 1:39:36.837 1 25
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +10.1 secs 2 18
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +11.0 secs 4 15
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 55 +30.7 secs 9 12
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 55 +39.0 secs 11 10
6 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 55 +43.5 secs 10 8
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +43.7 secs 3 6
8 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 55 +44.2 secs 5 4
9 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 55 +50.2 secs 17 2
10 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +50.8 secs 6 1
11 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 55 +51.5 secs 14
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +57.6 secs 7
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +58.3 secs 13
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 55 +59.5 secs 12
15 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 55 +63.1 secs 18
16 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 55 +64.7 secs 15
17 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 20
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 22
19 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23
20 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 51 +4 Laps 19
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 43 Gearbox 21
Ret 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 0 Accident 8
Ret 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 16
  • Nemo

    Congratulations to Vettel. I would have preferred Webber to win the WDC, but if he couldnt win, Vettel was better than Alonso winning it by less than 7pts.

  • http://Thailand Muddles

    Congrats to Vettel. Not my favorite choice for the championship, I would have preferred a Webber win.
    Vettel certainly made a statement with the win and the title. All he needs to do is grow up. He can certainly drive a car but needs a personality check before he will be accepted as a true champion, not some box head from that geographic location. LOL.

  • Arthur

    I do love underdogs. I also would have loved to see Webber raising that trophy. But sometimes I forget to see how brilliant Seb is as a driver. Without the technical gremlins, he could have bagged 8 wins this season. Three more than what he had and two less for Alonso for having benefitted the most from Seb’s retirements.

    Congratulations once again. I hope this time ammendments will be made within the RedBull garage. This is where they are weekest…

  • Atul

    Robert Kubica is the real hero of the race!!!!!1